NAB Day 3


NAB Day 3: Band Pro, Easyrig, ARRI, Canon, Cartoni, Mole Richardson, Vitec, OConnor, Anton/Bauer and many others.

NAB Last Day


    NAB 2015 has been big. Smiling exhibitors. More visitors than last year: NAB estimates over 100,000. Lots of equipment being purchased.

AbelCine Monitor Bracket


New monitor bracket from AbelCine — has brake pads to prevent drooping.

RED Weapon 8K


History repeats. RED again is shaking up the industry. Even more compelling than the concept of 8K, for me, is the physical size of the new sensor. The Weapon 8K sensor will accept so many lenses: full frame 24×36 format, and all current 35mm… read more…

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NAB 2015 Day 2

A Las Vegas Dust Storm on the second day of NAB 2015

NAB dust storm. Matthews, Codex, Leica, Shotover, DSC Laboratories, Panasonic, Really Right Stuff. read more…


NAB 2015 Day One

Panasonics press conference introduction of the 4K HVX200

Mark Forman’s photos of NAB Day 1 read more…


40th Anniversary of Steadicam

Garret Brown Inventor of the Steadicam  and Ste Tiffen celebrating the 40th anniversary of the device at the Tiffen Booth at NAB 2015

A party for the 40th anniversary of the Steadicam was held a NAB 2015 in the Tiffen Booth with Garret Brown honored for his Oscar-winning invention.


Sony Starts NAB


For many of us, NAB traditionally begins on Sunday afternoon with Sony’s annual Press Event at the Mirage. Monday morning kicks off with AJA, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and ARRI press conferences. There’s usually an unveiling–and Mr. Hiroshi Kiriyamadidn’t disappoint, as he whisked… read more…


FDTimes at NAB C10106


Visit Film and Digital Times Booth C10106 (across Band Pro and Sony, along the wall) at NAB for complimentary copies of our April Edition, the Leica special Edition, and a few remaining copies of the February issue. You can also… read more…

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Blackmagic URSA Updates

Version 2.3 Software update for Blackmagic URSA cameras now online at 150 fps recording in 1920 x 1080 HD window mode. ProRes 444 XQ Recording onto 2 CFast 2 cards simultaneously in RAW, with higher frame rates in RAW. Support for the new V2 4K URSA image sensor which allows Ultra HD capture to 120 fps. read more…

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Canon XC-10 (UHD, 10:1 zoom, 1”)


Canon’s 5D paved the way for still cameras that shoot video. This one is a video camera that shoots impressive stills. If Canon’s XC-10 looks like a mirrorless camera, well, it is. It will be at home on gimbals, drones, rigs, remotes, and anywhere else a lighter, smaller 4K camera with attached zoom lens is requested. Tim Smith called it a “POV and rig camera on steroids.” It’s also a lot more. The XC-10 has a 1-inch sensor and an attached 10:1 zoom lens: 8.9-89 mm f/2.8-5.6. That’s approximately 17.6-176 mm in 35mm Academy Format. It records UHD 3840 x 2160 AVC Interframe 422 8-bit up to 30 fps , 60 fps in HD.

You can shoot 12 megapixel stills, or you can get 8 megapixel framegrabs from the video recording.

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Canon C300 Mark II (Internal 4K)


It’s hard to believe that the Canon C300 was introduced 3 years ago. The camera has been very successful. Now, Canon introduces the successor: EOS C300 Mark II. It records what almost everyone had been asking for: internal 4K. There are so many new features inside the familiar C300 body shape, maybe they should have named it the C400 or C4K. Prototypes will be on hand at Canon’s NAB booth. The camera has a new 8.85 Megapixel  Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS  sensor that provides up to 4K (DCI) recording (4096 x 2160). read more…


Zoom over to Cooke

Les Zellan, Chairman of Cooke Optics

At NAB 2015, Cooke Optics will announce the first of several new secret lenses to join its existing set of front anamorphic primes. Since the official word from Cooke is “zoom along as quickly as possible,” one might guess what it is. read more…

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ActionProducts Runner

Brian Goff, inventor and designer of the ActionProducts Runner

From Switzerland, land of fitness and fine tools, comes the new ActionProducts Runner. It’s an exoskeletal device that mechanically increases the operator’s strength and endurance by transferring the full weight of a handheld or gimbal stabilized camera to counterbalanced spring-loaded arm supports. read more…

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Gecko-Cam IMS OLPF


It would be almost unthinkable for a rental house to not have a good lens test projector. It helps decipher the optical characteristics of your lens: geometry, aberrations, and focus. But what happens when you use the same lens on a film camera and then a digital camera? Most digital cameras use an OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) in front of the sensor to reduce moiré effects. It’s usually birefringent crystal and works by slightly separating each ray of light into two or four rays that are slightly offset. read more…

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The third annual AIC (Associazione Italiana Autori della Fotografia Cinematografica – Association of Italian Cinematographers) Micro Salon Italia, organized by Daniele Nannuzzi – just reelected as AIC President – and Luciano Tovoli,  with the help of Simone Marra, secretary general AIC, moved from its original Cinecittà Studios Stage 1 & 2 location to E.U.R.’s Salone delle Fontane. This is the same location that Federico Fellini used in the 70s as one of the sets for “Boccaccio 70” starring Anita Ekberg. read more…

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Master Anamorphic Flare Sets


It’s been a busy day in Munich. ARRI unveiled a new series of Master Anamorphic Flare Sets. Each of the 7 ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses gets its own individual and easily replaceable front and rear glass element. They can be used individually or in combination. This results in 4 Master Ana permutations: no flare set, front element flare only, rear only, and combination front and rear. read more…


Codex for Alexa SXT

ALEXA SXT - Plus Codex SXR Drive - side view

The ALEXA SXT cameras have an updated Codex recording “engine,” similar to the system built into the ALEXA 65. It uses the latest SXR Capture Drives, which offer an astounding data rate of 20GB/s. ALEXA SXT cameras have a new, internal media bay, developed by Codex, that accepts the latest SXR Capture Drives. Adaptors let you use existing XR Capture Drives, as well as SxS cards and CFast 2.0 cards. read more…

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ARRI announced the latest evolution of the Alexa sisters: ALEXA SXT (Super Xtended Technology). Same body, upgraded hardware and software. ALEXA SXT cameras offer ProRes 4K recording, improved image quality, color management and 3 fully independent HD-SDI outputs. SXT cameras will record ProRes 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) and ProRes 4K Cine (4096 x 2637 pixels). read more…

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Ben Smithard on “2nd Best Exotic…”

Ben Smithard, BSC

A conversation with Ben Smithard, BSC about his work as Cinematographer on “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” released in the USA on March 6, 2015. JON FAUER Tell us about the style of “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and… read more…

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